Former Phoenix fire chief Brunacini has died

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Alan Brunacini was the Phoenix fire chief from 1978 to 2006. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department) Alan Brunacini was the Phoenix fire chief from 1978 to 2006. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
He joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1958 and has held every sworn position in the department. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department) He joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1958 and has held every sworn position in the department. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

An icon in the Phoenix community has died.

The family of former Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini announced on Sunday that he had died. Funeral arrangements are pending.

He joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1958 and held every sworn position in the department.

Brunacini, also known as Bruno, became fire chief in 1978 and stayed at the position until 2006.

The Phoenix Fire Department praised his contributions in fire service and his push for better fire safety.

"Chief Brunacini was the pioneer of NFPA 1500 which is the current National Standard on Firefighter Safety. He co-authored nine books pertaining to the fire service including 'Fire Command,' 'Command Safety,' 'Essentials of FD Customer Service,' and 'The Anatomy & Physiology of Leadership,'" the department said in a statement.

Brunacini graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in political science and then went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he completed the urban executives' program. He then went back to ASU where he earned a master's in public administration.

Condolences have come in from all over the U.S. on Twitter.

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